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Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities

San José & field sites, Costa Rica

Leslie Ragde A. Sanchez Talavera

Areas of expertise

Bats Ecology, Forest and Agroecosystem Conservation, Corporate Responsibility, Community Relations, Development and Project Management


  • B.S. in Biology, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México-UAEM
  • M.Sc. in Biological Science, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México-UNAM

Potential student research areas

  • Biodiversity inventories in fragments besides agroecosystems
  • Forest management plans
  • Bats living in houses near of banana plantations
  • Support to communities sustainable development projects
  • Plant biodiversity: natural regeneration vs. reforestation programs


Leslie has lived in Costa Rica for five years.  She worked with the Organization of Tropical Studies as Director’s Assistant of La Selva Biological Station.  Then, in 2008 she was in charge of the Nature and Community Project of Chiquita Brands Int., which is an initiative of Corporate Responsibility and involves conservation, education, community development and sustainability.  Since March 2011, she has been in charge of Chiquita Nature and Community Foundation in Costa Rica, and her responsibilities are fundraising, alliance, and proposals.

Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities

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Stephanie Jaros, Research Coordinator at Stanford University's Bipolar Disorders Clinic My ACM Costa Rica experience can best be summed up as inspirational. It was the first time I truly felt useful as a researcher, carrying out research that was bigger than me but somehow, made better by my hard work and by that of my team members. Also, I got my first true idea of just how research can go wrong and, in spite of the best-laid plans, can be taken off track by external forces. As a result, I learned the best lesson of social research- what I want to learn and what others want to teach me are often two different things, and the only way to make the best of it is to change my perspective, not that of those who are being kind enough to share their lives with me. The ACM Field Research Program is the only one I know of that truly challenges its students, and I managed to love every second of it.

—Stephanie Jaros, Research Coordinator at Stanford University's Bipolar Disorders Clinic, Costa Rica, Spring 1998

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